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Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

New Year’s Organization: The Closet Deep Clean

Becky

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So guys, it’s the last day of January; did you complete your closet cleanout? I decided I had better put my sweat equity where my mouth was and follow my own advice. I finished the deep cleaning but I did not do the whole color coordinating and sorting shebang. I’m here to tell you, it was gross. I did not realize how many dust balls could collect on shelves, the floor, the mouldings and my shoes; UGH!

Anyway, I finished most of it, but as an Aries, I have a really hard time completing things. I love to dive into projects but struggle to finish up those last details. For instance  my bathtub is currently full of extra plastic hangers and I never going to complete that project where I take pictures of all my shoes and past them on the boxes. However, when the mid-point of the project makes two bedrooms and a bathroom look like the following pictures, you are motivated to get as close to finished as humanly possible, if only so you can go to bed that night!

One of many rewards of finishing all of this? Shipping off several boxes to an eBay trading assistant who is going to convert my too-small clothes and shoes into cash for me. Part of my hoarding problem is thinking I was actually going to do this myself.

Also, I pulled a Joan Crawford and banned the wire hangers from my closet. I hit Target and bought a bunch of those flat velvety hangers that save space and replaced the wire and plastic ones. I took all of the rejects to my dry cleaners and she was so happy and grateful that her face lit up, and then she did my alteration for free as a thank you. It was an unexpected bonus to this project. Another reward was finding a few wonderful pieces of clothing I forgot I owned  that were hidden in the smush of stuff.

This brought up a great tip; I now keep two bags on my closet floor – one for giveaway clothes and one for those wire hangers that sneak their way in from the dry cleaners. Round them up and bring them back whenever you go.

Did any of you complete a project this week? Please tell us about it in the comments section!

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Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Organization Wednesday: Make Your Closet a Home Boutique

Becky

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Hi Everyone! I am on vacation from organizing this week, so luckily, closet designer to the stars, Lisa Adams of LA Closet Boutique, is here to share some closet inspiration. Personally, I have a bit of an obsession with celebrity closets and I am always clipping images of them from magazines and posting them to my Tumblr blog, so I am so excited to welcome Lisa to Hatch!  Take it away Lisa…

In the last few years, well designed, luxurious closets have become status symbols.  Flip through the pages of home décor or entertainment magazines, and you can easily find features on plush, tricked-out celebrity closets.  If a custom closet is beyond your means, there are some easy and low cost ways of adding the same chic and luxurious touches to your closet. Here are some of my recommendations:

  • ACCENTS: Pick a few plush looking accents from a bargain store or even the flea market or Salvation Army. From pillows and rugs to paintings and lamps, your eye will be drawn to that unique, maybe even antique piece.
  • PAINT: Add a bright color to one wall of your closet to add spunk and high energy, or use cool shades like grays, blues and purples to promote relaxation.
  • HANDLES & KNOBS: Find interesting handles and knobs to bring a touch of style and luxury to your closet.  There are fabulous leather and stainless steel options. Yard sales, flea markets, and even hardware stores can be treasure troves!
  • MIRROR: Add a full-length mirror to the dead space.  It’ll make the room feel bigger and be functional.
  • SEATING: If you have the room, add a sitting area.  The seat could be used for lounging or for putting on your shoes.  A sitting area makes the closet a true living space.
  • LIGHTING: Lighting is very important when choosing your outfit and getting dressed.  Pay attention to the lighting to make sure it is natural and not overpowering. Also, use natural lighting whenever possible, such as windows and skylights. It flatters more and saves on cost.
  • DRAWER LINERS: Lining your drawers either with cedar, lavender or even pretty paper is a beautiful, cheap and a great motivator for keeping things neat and orderly.
  • HANGERS: Don’t skimp on the hangers.  Make them uniform for each type of clothing.  It’s a good investment in the long run because your clothes retain their shape, and don’t snag or become ruined.
  • BOOT TREES:  Invest in boot trees or boot shapers for maintaining their shape and to prevent cracking and creasing.  Your boots can then be displayed like a shoe store, and will have a longer lifespan.
  • STACKABLE SHOE RACKS: Get your shoes off of the floor and organize them with chrome stackable racks.  With a simple expandable two-tiered design, you can store more shoes in a limited space.
  • SLIDING SHELF DIVIDERS: Bookends for your closet, these sliding shelf dividers come in various heights and depths and are perfect to keep rows of sweaters stacked like in a boutique.
  • DOUBLE HANGING RODS: Without having to overhaul your tight closet, these double rods add function to wasted space by providing two layers of hanging space at once.

If this list is too long for you, simply hire Lisa, or visit LAClosetDesign.com and scoop everything up in the one place!

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